Item#1093 – 1854 N-5 R3 Repunched 18 PCGS graded MS64 Red & Brown
The “Reddest” 1854 N-5
Bright original mint red fading to steel brown on the highpoints, about 75% of the original color remaining. Nearly void of marks, but there is a small spot of very fine carbon close under star 9 and a faint nick on the nose even with the eye. The cheek and upper half of the neck are covered with a shallow low spot (caused by debris/lubricant on the die) and the coronet tip over LIB is softly struck. Otherwise this cent would be a gem. MDS, die state b late. The repunching at the 18 is weak but still visible and the die clashmark at the left top of the O in ONE is barely visible. Our grade is MS64, CC#1 in the Grellman census and the “reddest” example known by a wide margin. The attribution is noted on the PCGS label. PCGS population 2, none finer in RB.
Ex McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Superior 9/14/2003:1016-Daniel W. Holmes, Jr., McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 1/30/2011:589 (includes the Holmes collection envelope and lot ticket)
Certificate # 406073.64/31607455